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Heat risk exacerbation potential for neurology patients during the COVID-19 pandemic and related isolation

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posted on 09.11.2020, 11:21 by Alex Buoite Stella, Davide Filingeri, Nicholas Ravanelli, Shawnda A Morrison, Miloš Ajčević, Giovanni Furlanis, Paolo Manganotti
COVID-19 may increase the risk of heat-related symptoms during hot weather since vulnerable populations, including the elderly and those with neurological disabilities, must continue to self-isolate, often indoors. Within the chronic neurological patient population, indoor conditions in summer months present a hazard because of impaired and/or altered thermoregulation, including poor hydration status due to both autonomic and behavioral dysfunction(s). To address this increased risk, telemedicine protocols should include an assessment of the patient’s environmental parameters, and when combined with physiological data from wearable devices, identify those with neurological diseases who are at higher risk of heat illness. Personalized medicine during times of self-isolation must be encouraged, and using smart technology in ambient assisted living solutions, including e-health to monitor physiological parameters are highly recommended, not only during extreme weather conditions but also during times of increased isolation and vulnerability.

Funding

Cloud Assisted for Health and Safety - CASSIA project (POR-FESR FVG 2014-2020)

History

School

  • Design and Creative Arts

Department

  • Design

Published in

International Journal of Biometeorology

Volume

65

Issue

4

Pages

627 - 630

Publisher

Springer Science and Business Media LLC

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Rights holder

© ISB

Publisher statement

This is a post-peer-review, pre-copyedit version of an article published in International Journal of Biometeorology. The final authenticated version is available online at: https://doi.org/10.1007/s00484-020-02044-2

Acceptance date

29/10/2020

Publication date

2020-11-08

Copyright date

2020

ISSN

0020-7128

eISSN

1432-1254

Language

en

Depositor

Dr Davide Filingeri . Deposit date: 9 November 2020